Redwood Drive-In

3688 South Redwood Road,
Salt Lake City, UT 84119

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Redwood Drive-In

The Redwood Drive-In opened as a single screen on July 22, 1949 with “The Big Cat”. By 1990 it was expanded to a six screen theatre. Playing double featured, first-run, it is a well-run drive-in facility for max enjoyment of a nearly lost part of our culture. There’s always family fare and other things for the kids to do.

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Andrea1979 on August 20, 2006 at 11:41 am

Anyon who has not experienced the Redwood Drive in should check it out! The swapmeets on the weekend run year round. They have remodeled the snack bar and bathrooms (major improvement). Tickets are six dollars per adult children 11 and under are free. Great movies at a reasonable price. I’m glad its still open!

kencmcintyre on May 1, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Here is a March 1974 ad from the Salt Lake Tribune:

Chris1982 on October 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm

The Redwood Drive-In opened in 198 as a single screen. Additional screens were added in 1977, 1978 and 1983. Teh Redwood is now all digital. Their website

NeonMichael on April 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm

The 1959 IMPA shows the Redwood in Granger UT. Google Maps now shows Granger as a neighborhood in West Valley City.

The 1982-89 IMPAs list the Redwood as a twin, and this time in Murray UT. The Redwood is at least a mile northwest of Murray, so maybe that was its post office address?

It’s down to four active screens now. I could have sworn that it was at five screens for at least a year or two, and the aerial photos show all six still standing, so what’s up with that?

NeonMichael on April 29, 2017 at 8:32 pm

A blog post with photos purportedly from 1979 shows four screens, apparently proving the IMPAs were behind the times again.

NeonMichael on April 29, 2017 at 8:41 pm

Okay, one more note. A Deseret News article from 1990(!) that is somehow still online provides a possible explanation for the sporadic screen addition. “The (DeAnza) company formerly owned as many as four drive-ins throughout the valley. As they were forced to close those locations due to economic concerns, they recycled the equipment and expanded the Redwood location.”

The screen count was already up to six in 1990. The article separately laments, “Some estimate there are only 1,500 outdoor movie screens left in the country.” Those were the days!—-ALL-YEAR-ROUND.html?pg=all

StanMalone on April 30, 2017 at 2:25 pm

As far as the question of four or six screens goes, they did the same thing with their Starlight Drive In here in Atlanta. The cost of converting to digital is so high, to say nothing of the ongoing maintenance costs that they probably decided that four was enough. I can recall several times when all six fields were full but that was often because the cars from one blockbuster spilled over into the adjacent field. I imagine that their research showed that the cost of those other two projectors would not be returned.

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